Aid begins to reach flood-stricken Peru towns

Latin America

Peru is reeling from the heaviest flooding in two decades.

More than 90 people are dead, and 120,000 homeless.

CGTN’s Dan Collyns reports.

Aid begins to reach flood-stricken Peru towns

In the town of Huarmey in northern Peru, an entire neighborhood is underwater. Peru is reeling from the heaviest flooding in two decades. CGTN's Dan Collyns reports.

More than half of the country is under a state of emergency, and more rain is in the forecast.

In the town of Huarmey in northern Peru, an entire neighborhood is underwater.

Mirian Vidal remembers the night she lost everything. “What’s most important is not things,” she said. “What’s most important is that I got out with my two daughters at four in the morning in the middle of the strong current.”

Vidal and her family were taken in by a woman who lived on a hill. Now she is salvaging what she can from the wreckage of her home.

Neighborhood leader Ruder Paredes said the water came up to the roofs of homes.

Aid has begun to trickle in. Government ministers have also arrived on the scene to help distribute basic necessities.

Peruvian Defense Minister Jorge Nieto said the situation is being brought under control.

“Our main goal is to let the people know they are not alone, that we are getting to them and if we haven’t got there yet, we will get there,” Nieto said. “The big cities are getting back to normal, it’s the remote places we have to reach.”